Introduction to Science: Perceptions of the Physical World

PHY 1010 6 Quarter Hours
Course Level CPS - Undergraduate Quarter
Description Designed for nonscience majors to fulfill a general science requirement. Explores the physics and biology of our perceptions of the natural world. Using dramatic demonstrations and engaging activities, explores how light reflects and bends when it strikes glass; the formation of beautiful patterns and colors when light waves interfere with each other; how our eyes perceive light, including color vision and the science of color blindness. Explores sound by investigating the electrical principles of a microphone and other electric circuits. Studies the properties of sound waves, including waves on a guitar string and how sound waves move through a room. Analyzes the anatomy of our ears to understand how we perceive sound.


Students should refer to the CPS Prerequisite Table for course prerequisite and corequisite information.


Course Sections

There are no current sections scheduled for this course. Undergraduate course numbers changed beginning with the Fall 2016 term. Please make sure you are using the current course number.
Next Term Starts
  • Summer Graduate
    Jul 10, 2017 (4-, 6-, and 8-week classes)
    Aug 7, 2017 (4-week classes)
  • Fall Undergraduate
    Sep 4, 2017 (7.5- and 15-week classes)
    Oct 25, 2017 (7.5-week classes)
  • Fall Graduate
    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
    Oct 30, 2017 (6-week classes)

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